Kayla Harrison could be on her way out from the Professional Fighters League.
PFL season 21 women’s lightweight champion Kayla Harrison has accomplished the highest feats in the promotion and continues to expand her footprint in women’s mixed martial arts. The two-time Olympic judo gold medalist joined the PFL after making the switch to mixed martial arts from judo.
Now, she could be moving on to other opportunities.
Kayla Harrison looking to move away from PFL
In an interview with MMA Underground, Kayla Harrison talked about her future after the season.
“For sure, I think that going through this season especially, there’s been some other stuff behind the scenes going on. Whatever, life is life. There’s always something going on. But I think that, 14, by the time I’ll be done with the season it’ll be 16 fights in, it’ll be time to maybe start (looking somewhere else).
“I want the big fights. I’ve been doing what you would call seasons – I’ve been training twice a day since I was 12 years old. So it’s been 20 years now of putting my body through the mill. …
“I want the big fights. And if that means I have to be patient and wait and not compete in a season, then I’ll be patient and wait.” (transcribed by MMA Junkie)
Harrison’s meteoric rise in the PFL
Harrison has proven to be a dominant champion in the league. Having started her pro career in June 2018, Harrison has fought and won all 14 of her bouts in the PFL, except a single outing in Invicta FC in Nov. 2020 due to the pandemic, signifying a lack of competition for her.
She’s gone unbeaten in the organization with 13 fights under her belt, winning the 2019 and 2021 championships, and is also the favorite to add a third one to her record.
Harrison will mark her third consecutive headlining appearance in the playoffs at the 2022 PFL Playoffs 3 against Martina Jindrova on Aug. 20 in London for the grand prize of $1 million.